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Atellana fabula
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(Term documented first since Cicero and Varro; later also Atellania, thus always Gellius). Originally Oscan farce, supposedly arose in Atella (Samnium) (Liv. 7,2; Val. Max. 2,4,4; Euanth. De com. p. 7 R.; Diom. 1,489f.; Tac. Ann. 4,14; Porphyrio ad Hor. Epist. 2,1,145). The affiliation with ludi not identified in the Augustan period (Str. 5,3,6) and the appearance of the manducus, who also belonged to the festive pompa (Varro, Ling. 7,95; Paul. Fest. 115 L), suggests origins in cultic use and the influence of the Etruscan cult of the dead. The g…

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Blänsdorf, Jürgen (Mainz), “Atellana fabula”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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